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Daily News file photoOne member of St. Mary's prepares the doorway for installation of a new door at the home in Browning Loop during Repair Affair last year.
Daily News file photoOne member of St. Mary's prepares the doorway for installation of a new door at the home in Browning Loop during Repair Affair last year.
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Each year Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency helps the elderly and disabled citizens of Bell County with improvements to their home through the Repair Affair event. The organization will hold this year’s Repair Affair on April 26.


“It’s a great community event,” said Norman Cornelius with Bell-Whitley. “It’s been going on now for around 14 years.”


On the day of the event, volunteers meet at Bell-Whitley in Pineville and hold a kickoff breakfast before going to their work site to complete the job they are supposed to do. During the event, volunteer groups will be building several handicap ramps, steps, painting, mowing yards and anything else they can do to help “spruce” up somebody’s house or make it safer.


Cornelius said there are around 200 volunteers each year. This year, 11 teams have been formed from different churches, businesses and other volunteers. The groups will be working at 11 homes that were chosen from a pool of over 20 residences.


The homes that will be worked on were chosen during a meeting on Monday. Homes were evaluated based on needs and the skill level of the volunteers.


“We look at more houses than we actually need because some of them we just can’t do all the work that needs to be done, so we keep them on a waiting list for maybe other opportunities down the road,” said Cornelius.


Bell-Whitley uses donated funds to purchase the materials used on the event day.


“It’s a Bell County event only, and we don’t get any outside sources or funds to help,” said Cornelius. “Anybody that wants to donate, we are a 501(c)(3) so they can donate tax-deductible. The money will be used for materials only.”


Those wanting to help can send the tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 159, Pineville. The deductible needs to be made out to Bell County Repair Affair.


Those who want to volunteer still have the opportunity to do so. To do so, an individual just has to fill out an application. Applications can be found at Bell-Whitley.


Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.


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